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Best Books for Women Over 50 – Part I

You’ve seen their articles on ZestNow, and now you can read even more from these wonderful authors – all of whom are specialists in their area. See this great collection of books by ZestNow writers on Amazon.com.

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Prill Boyle

defying gravity

DEFYING GRAVITY recounts the stories of 12 ordinary women who accomplished extraordinary things later in life. One woman didn’t graduate from high school until she was 42 and became a professor at an Ivy League university. Another was a shy housewife until she was 52 and became the CEO of a multimillion dollar corporation. In their own words, these 12 inspired women share their stories, their struggles and their victories – proving reinvention is possible at any age.

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Dr. Janet Bond Brill

cholesterol down
If you are one of the nearly 100 million Americans struggling with high cholesterol, then Dr. Janet Brill offers you a revolutionary new plan for taking control of your health—without the risks of statin drugs. With Dr. Brill’s breakthrough Cholesterol Down Plan, you simply add nine “miracle foods” to your regular diet and thirty minutes of walking to your daily routine. That’s all. This straightforward and easy-to-follow program can lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by as much as 47 percent in just four weeks.

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Reverse Your Heart Disease, or prevent heart disease in Just Eight Weeks by Harnessing the Power of the Mediterranean Diet.

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blood pressure


For the nearly 78 million Americans with hypertension, a safe, effective lifestyle plan—incorporating the DASH diet principles and much more—for lowering blood pressure naturally.

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Maggie Rose Crane

amazing grays


Balanced somewhere between a memoir and a how-to, AMAZING GRAYS is a uniquely refreshing and candid look at midlife for those unwilling to become feeble old women with boobs in their laps, dreams on the shelf, and Memory Lane their only destination. This book is a little about going gray and a lot about aging mindfully and joyously (with a healthy dose of kicking and screaming) from an everyday woman s perspective.

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how to go gray


This book expands on the hair color information provided in Amazing Grays. You’ll have an opportunity to address your fears, challenge your beliefs, learn about the possible side effects of hair dye, hear from an assortment of Silver Sages who have taken the plunge, see their “after” photos and explore options on how to transition from colored hair to natural.

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Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D



Today more than 20 million Millennials aged 18-34 live with their parents. This book explores the impact when an adult child boomerangs home. In tracking five different families as they navigate the generation gap, Goldberg and Lichtman tap the creative power of story. Taking the beleaguered Mom as their focus, they bring over thirty years of clinical experience to the pressing challenges of families in flux, delivering keen insights and effective strategies for moving forward.

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bodies shelves

Roz Warren


There are eight million stories at your local public library — and not all of them are in the books! Join humorist Roz Warren (“the world’s funniest librarian”) for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at library life. What really goes on behind the circulation desk? And in the stacks? Roz, who writes for everyone from the New York Times to the Funny Times, tells all!

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  • OllieB

    Great list and good information for 50+ women. I recently read a great book by Nora Ephron, I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK. That book hits at the heart of aging and do so, gracefully.

    • Dianne Morris

      I agree that was such a wise and funny book! Isn’t it great that so many women are finding their voice in writing about their lives after 50.

      • Pamela

        I laughed out loud as I read I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK by Nora Ephron. I plan to share the book with my friends.

  • Nora

    These all sound like wonderful books and will be added to my reading list. Thank you for sharing them. If I might be so bold, I would like to add one for your list. Survive Your Husband’s Retirement is meant to help women understanding the retirement process while helping them to keep their blood pressure down if their newly retired husband is driving them crazy!

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